Kalapriya perform at Lotus Blossoms

Learning Indian dance gestures at 2014 Lotus Blossoms

Each year, Lotus Blossoms artists visit schools in south-central Indiana, performing for thousands of young students. The Blossoms Bazaar hosts nearly 1,000 4th-graders for a day of multicultural discovery (visit our 2014 Lotus Blossoms gallery). To keep fees as low as possible, Lotus relies on donor support — you can become an Adopt-a-School sponsor and help bring multicultural music, song, dance, and storytelling to southern Indiana schools.

Ecuadorean ensemble Andes Manta

Member of Ecuadorean ensemble Andes Manta

Lotus Blossoms in Schools & Teacher Resources

The Lotus Blossoms program is two-fold: multicultural artists performing in schools and the community; and the World Bazaar. Each year, Lotus Blossoms artists visit schools in south-central Indiana, performing for thousands of students; this program  has reached more than 110,000 students since 2001. The Blossoms Bazaar hosts nearly 1,000 4th-graders for a day of multicultural discovery (the Bazaar was established in 1996, the same the year that Lotus’s outreach programming began). The Bazaar also hosts a free Saturday Family Day for the community.

This year, Lotus and MCCSC have also teamed up to offer a special workshop just for teachers, called “Math & Origami” – click here to learn more or to register.

Interested in bringing a Lotus Blossoms artist to your school or organization? Please fill out the 2015 Lotus Blossoms scheduling survey. (Lotus strives to keep costs as low as possible, and has asked schools for the same $300 fee since 2001. It covers only a portion of the costs needed to bring artists from around the world to area schools.) Also contact us if you are interested in having your school participate in Friday’s students-only Bazaar (offered free to schools). All inquiries should go to Outreach Director Loraine Martin at 812-336-6599, or loraine {at} lotusfest {dot} org

Student thank-yous

Templeton Elementary students’ thank-you notes to the Tuvan ensemble Alash

Teacher Resources

2015 Lotus Blossoms Artists Study Guides / Artist info here

Teacher Workshop:  Math & Origami with Kuniko Yamamoto – click here to learn more about this free workshop for MCCSC teachers on February 18th.

Block printing

Block printing at the Bazaar

Bazaar Resources

State and Federal Standards

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recognizes that the twenty-first-century classroom and workplace have evolved into settings in which people from widely varying backgrounds come together. As they grow into citizens of Indiana, the U.S., and the world, students must learn about and understand other perspectives and cultures.

Follow the links below to learn how the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar and Lotus Blossoms’ school educational programs address federal and state standards.

Internationalizing the Academic Standards: Indiana (IASI)

Exploring the harp at the Blossoms Bazaar

Activities and World Maps

Alash at Bloomington Montessori

Tuvan ensemble Alash, at Bloomington Montessori

Previous Lotus Blossoms artists listed below:

Since 2001, more than 35 artists from 26 countries/areas of the world (including all continents except Antartica) have visited students in south-central Indiana schools and our community.

  • 2001, 2004 – Danú (Ireland)
  • 2001, 2006 – Kevin Locke (US)
  • 2001 – Matapat (Québec)
  • 2001, 2004, 2006 – Sones de México (Mexico)
  • 2002 – Patrick Ball (US)
  • 2002 – Harmonia (US, Hungary)
  • 2002 – Karelian Folk Music Ensemble (Finland)
  • 2002 – Morikeba Kouyate (Senegal)
  • 2002 – Chinese Folk Dance Company (China, US)
  • 2003 – The Georgia Sea Island Singers (US)
  • 2003 – Huun-Huur-Tu (Tuva)
  • 2003, 2005 – Paschal Younge & the West Virginia University African Ensemble (US)
  • 2004 – Kahraman Dance Ensemble (US)
  • 2004 – Salaam (US)
  • 2004 – Le Vent du Nord (Québec)
  • 2005, 2007, 2013 – Andes Manta (Ecuador)
  • 2005 – Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa)
  • 2005 – Nitta Oyako (Japan)
  • 2006 – Khac Chi (Vietnam)
  • 2007 – Kiran Ahluwalia (India, Canada)
  • 2007, 2008 – Rhonda & Sparky Rucker (US)
  • 2007 – Jean-Paul Samputu (Rwanda)
  • 2008, 2012 – Los Llaneros (Colombia, Venezuela)
  • 2008, 2011 – Paul Taylor (Australia, US)
  • 2009 – Azaguno (US, Ghana)
  • 2009, 2013 – Fiddle ‘n’ Feet (US)
  • 2010 – Moscow Nights (Russia, US)
  • 2010 – Orchid Ensemble (Canada, China)
  • 2010 – Vishtèn (Prince Edward Island, Magdalen Islands, Canada)
  • 2011 – Dennis Stroughmatt (US)
  • 2012 – Keith Terry and Evie Ladin (US)
  • 2013 – Alash Ensemble (Tuva)
  • 2013 – Charlotte Blake Alston (US)
  • 2014 – Kalapriya (India, US)
  • 2014 – Sogbety Diomande (Ivory Coast)
  • 2014 – Genticorum (Québec)
Rwandan musicians in Lotus Blossoms performance

Members of Jean-Paul Samputu’s Rwandan percussion ensemble perform at Helmsbury Elemetary in 2007